Travel Nurse Assignments: Live Like a Local – Greenville, SC!
Welcome to Greenville, SC! Located in upstate South Carolina, Greenville is one of the fastest growing cities in America. The city is conveniently located halfway between Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC, providing easy access to major cities in the region. It’s also situated on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so there’s plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. With a mild climate, a top-rated downtown area, and plenty of delicious restaurants and craft breweries, Greenville is the perfect destination if you’re looking to escape the cold this winter. Discover all the wonders that Greenville has to offer!
Attractions in Greenville
Greenville has earned a national reputation as one of the best towns in the country, and was ranked #6 on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of Best Small Cities in America for 2020. The city continues to impress visitors with their abundance of outdoor recreation and cultural attractions. Falls Park on the Reedy is the city’s main landmark, a 32-acre park with gardens, waterfalls, and public art adjacent to downtown. The park opened in 2004, and has become the main gathering place for locals. Visitors will be awed by the iconic Liberty Bridge, a 345-foot long pedestrian bridge that overlooks the park. The bridge looks like it’s floating over the park, and offers stunning views of the Reedy River Falls.
In addition, Falls Park is one of the main access points for the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile multi use trail that traverses the Reedy River, and connects Greenville to other small towns in the area. The trail is perfect for biking or taking the dog for a walk, and it’s a great way to get some exercise while exploring the city. If you don’t have a bike of your own, you can rent bikes at one of several locations along the trail. The trail intersects numerous points of interest including the campus of Furman University and the quaint community of Traveler’s Rest.
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Culture and Sports
Furthermore, there are several cultural attractions in Greenville worth experiencing. The Peace Center is one of South Carolina’s premier concert venues, hosting a wide range of events from concerts to Broadway shows. You can also check out the Alchemy Comedy Theater which hosts weekly comedy shows in a funky underground coffee shop. In the winter, ice hockey takes center stage at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, home of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Tickets are inexpensive, and they offer home games with value deals and special events.
The main cultural draw is arguably the city’s vibrant downtown area, named one of America’s Best Downtowns by Forbes Magazine. With trendy restaurants, shops, and craft breweries, neighborhoods like One City Plaza and NOMA Square have become cultural hubs for the city, and helped established the downtown area’s stellar reputation. Take a walk down Main Street to fully immerse yourself, or take advantage of the free downtown trolley!
Regional Points of Interest
Greenville is the perfect launch point for day trips to scenic destinations and regional points of interest. Great Smokey Mountains National Park and Congaree National Park are both within 2 hours of Greenville. Moreover, Caesar’s Head State Park is a popular destination for hiking and wildlife viewing. It’s just an hour north of the city, and offers scenic overlooks with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Furthermore, the major metropolises of Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC would be easy day trips from Greenville.
In the nearby town of Saluda, NC, The Gorge Zipline Tour is a thrilling activity for all ages. This guided tour takes you through the canopies of the Green River Gorge, and claims to be America’s fastest and steepest zipline tour. Tree bridges over 1000 feet high were constructed so you can seamlessly move from tree to tree. These tree bridges also give you unparalleled views of the surrounding old-growth forest below.
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Where to Eat and Drink
Greenville has earned high praise for their trendy bars and restaurants, and farm-to-table experiences. Roost Restaurant is located in NOMA Square, and is one of the city’s premier farm-to-table experiences. They have an eclectic menu of entrees and shareable plates all using locally-sourced ingredients. In addition, Henry’s Smokehouse is the place to go if you’re in the mood for award-winning Carolina BBQ. They have two locations and a mobile food truck, perfect for dining in or takeout!
For drinks, it’s hard to go wrong with any of Greenville’s craft breweries. Thomas Cook Brewery is the founding father of the craft brewery scene here, and is also the second-oldest brewery in the entire state. You can check out Thomas Cook, and other Greenville craft breweries on the award-winning Brewery Experience Tour. Another local watering hole is The Community Tap, which doubles as a taproom and a store. For the vino lovers, they have a good selection of wine as well as beer.
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